If you’re rowdy, you’re loud and raucous. You’re disturbing the peace and somebody’s likely to ask you to quiet down.

When your team wins, if you and your teammates celebrate by running through the streets screaming and wrestling each other on people’s lawns, you’re a rowdy bunch. You may be rough and obnoxious or just rowdy in a good-natured way. But you reserve the name rowdy for a cruel and brutal guy. Remember that bully in the seventh grade who kept taking your lunch money? He was a rowdy.

Definitions of rowdy

adj disturbing the public peace; loud and rough

rowdy teenagers”
undisciplined and unruly

n a cruel and brutal fellow

bully, hooligan, roughneck, ruffian, tough, yob, yobbo, yobo
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a swaggering tough; usually one acting as an agent of a political faction
muscle, muscleman
a bully employed as a thug or bodyguard
a young person who belongs to a British or American group that shave their heads and gather at rock concerts or engage in white supremacist demonstrations
plug-ugly, tough guy
someone who bullies weaker people
Ted, Teddy boy
a tough youth of 1950's and 1960's wearing Edwardian style clothes
Type of:
aggressor, assailant, assaulter, attacker
someone who attacks

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